Women’s sports museum opens in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel’s AdventHealth Center Ice is widely known as the training grounds of the gold-medal winning 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team. Now, the 150,500-square-foot ice sports complex houses what is believed to be the first virtual museum dedicated to women’s hockey trailblazers. The museum, called the Women’s Sports Herstory Museum, is the brainchild of female hockey … [Read more...]

Ten-year-old uses home décor business to pursue Olympic dreams

In the age of GoFundMe campaigns and other fundraisers — where someone is always seemingly always asking for a handout — 10-year-old Hailey Henderson is using her own hands to try to make her dreams come true. The Wesley Chapel youth has launched a home decor business — Hailey Brooke Designs  — stamping personalized books for nearly every occasion. Each sale helps pay for her figure skating … [Read more...]

Lack of building permits halts work

Pasco County issued a stop work order at Epperson, after a routine county fire inspection found 19 structures lacked building permits. The May 10 inspection came less than two weeks after Epperson kicked off the anticipated opening of the Crystal Lagoons amenity. The festivities, to mark the first development in the United States with this type of amenity, featured an appearance by Michael … [Read more...]

In Print: Cancer struggle chronicled in unique art exhibit

It's on television and the movies all the time, but we don't ever expect to experience it in real life. A doctor sitting down behind his desk, a grim look on his face, to give you bad news: You have cancer. Jan Tucker lived that nightmare when she learned she would need a bilateral mastectomy to help battle breast cancer. "When I picked up the phone, I hear her say, 'I'm sorry,'" Tucker … [Read more...]

Local man offers spiritual help at Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi may have been half a world away, but a chaplain from Lutz was there, offering spiritual support to athletes. Asif Shaikh, who pronounces his name “Ah-sif Shake,” traveled more than 30 hours, with stops in Chicago, Dusselfdorf, Germany, and Moscow before flying over the opening ceremonies to land in Sochi. But it wasn’t his first Olympic experience. He and his … [Read more...]

In Print: Special Olympics, Sochi Olympics, trauma centers

America is still taking a breath after a strong performance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, but locally, people still can't get enough. Asif Shaikh, a chaplain from Lutz, once again traveled overseas to take part in the Olympics, serving as a spiritual guide for athletes. It gave him a chance to not only see some of the medal-winning events for Americans, but also gave him … [Read more...]